BENITO MAGALING, the vegetable grower extraordinaire we featured earlier in this blog, is really “magaling” (smart). Why? In what way?
Well, unlike many commercial growers of tomatoes who buy ready-to-plant seedlings (an average of P2.05 per seedling), he produces his own tomato seedlings. Just like the case of his 15,000 tomatoes he planted last June in an idle subdivision in Lipa City and from which he is currently harvesting.
He bought three cans of seeds from a distributor of East-West Seed for a total of P4,650. He germinated these in plastic trays using a medium of carbonized rice hull and vermicast. He said that tomato seeds are very easy to germinate. In 18 days the seedlings are ready for transplanting.
By growing his own seedlings, he gets his planting materials almost for free. How? A can of seeds usually contains about 6000 seeds. Germination is usually almost 100 percent. By selling the extra seedlings at P1.50 apiece, he recovers most of his cash expenses on the seeds. Hence the seedlings he plants in his plantation are virtually without cash cost.
Smart, isn’t he?